Grassfed Culture Hospitality to Launch New Restaurant Concept in Coconut Grove
When Los Felix launches in Coconut Grove next month, it won’t only be one of Miami’s newest restaurants, but the restaurant will also rely on traditional food sourcing to grow its menu. Los Felix will use conventional Mexican cooking methods to prepare traditional Mexican dishes using ancestral corn and Milpa farming techniques.
“Milpa agriculture is one of the few socio-cultural ties we still have with the ancient indigenous farmers who came before us,” says chef Sebastián Vargas, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants including Osteria Francescana, Eleven Madison Park and Fäviken Magasinet. “Milpa’s creation awakens to the sacred connection between self and earth, between community and the interconnected realms of existence. It is reverent hands in the ground and looking skyward for guidance. is honest earthwork and a cosmic portal to our infinite nature through the honor of corn, chili peppers, cocoa and squash Milpa is living wisdom.
The concept of a traditional neighborhood Mexican-style restaurant is led by restaurateurs Josh Hackler, Pili Restrepo and chef Vargas (pictured), who created Grass culture Hospitality in 2020 to enrich the communities they serve. The previously launched Krüs kitchen, an artisan food and wine market, in November 2020. Miami’s new concept at 3413 Main Highway focuses on creating warm hospitality for customers with a passion for food.
With corn as the staple of the Los Felix menu, the restaurant plans to blend traditional Mexican culture with a unique flavor to produce a modern Mexican-style restaurant with ancestral roots. Dishes on the menu will include homemade Mexican tacos and quesadillas, handcrafted on the restaurant’s molino – a traditional Mexican tortilla mill – tamales, aguas frescas and a mix of seasonal dishes paired with natural wines and craft beers. A weekly Vinyl DJ music program in addition to an analog sound system every Friday and Saturday and a late night menu will help give the crowd a contemporary vibe mixed with proven cultural practices.
“We are modern Mexican cuisine rooted in indigenous heritage. With the name Los Félix, we pay homage to the grandmothers who carried the fire of ancestral wisdom, to the mothers who preserved the ceremony and to the pioneering women who embodied ferocity and tenderness, passing through the emblematic muse Maria Felix ”, said Restrepo, Creative Director of Grassfed Culture Hospitality.